The future approach of al-Qaeda

Interview with Ahmed Al-Hamdan

By Tore Hamming

Part 2

 

Interviewer: In July 2016, Jabhat al-Nusra broke away from AQ and established Jabhat Fatah ash-Shaam with the blessing of the senior AQ leadership. In his most recent speech (Brief Messages to a Supported Ummah 4) Zawahiri furthermore encouraged Jihadi factions in Iraq to unify and fight IS and Iran. Is the approach of a popular front not necessarily with allegiance to AQ, but simply being sympathetic to the movement, becoming the future for AQ?

Ahmed Al Hamdan: There is a mistake in the question, as al Zawahiri did not seek the factions in Iraq to unite to fight the Islamic state, not in episode 4 nor in any part of the series.

Secondly: we must understand that wars and battles are magnets which attract Jihadi thinkers and I do not think that you would find a battle front or any popular movement whose people are not sons of the Jihadi movement. And we must understand that al Qaeda do not look to the matter from the perspective of upholding its name and achieving its organisational goals and if that was indeed the case, then they would not have accepted the breaking of ties with al Nusra for the benefit of the Muslims in Syria.

Generally, al Qaeda feel that its presence in some of the fields is a hindrance and that it is used as a justification by the enemies to give a pretext for international forces to intervene. And we believe that the West does not just have a problem with what it calls terrorism, rather it has a problem with any Islamic project. When it is announced that Al Qaeda is present in any geographical area you cannot be certain of this claim. However when the West have no other excuse to intervene and suppress the Islamic projects then it will enter and strike the Islamic groups when this claim (of an al Qaeda presence) can be reasonably verified.

And al Qaeda do not like to announce their presence in some areas for a number of reasons:

  1. To expose the Western enemies hostility to every Islamic project and show that their problem is with Islam and the establishment of the Shariah and not with a specific group, and to remove the usual argument used by the Western countries for intervention.
  2. To find more room to manoeuvre, and to create places to move financial support and aid – meaning you will not find some traders in some of the states because there is a difficulty finding support in needy States in which battles and war are taking place. Likewise you will not find some of the independent support, that is that it will be difficult to assist you or support the Jihadi groups in a region in which you are fighting, due to fear of being described with or connected with terrorism.[1]
  3. Stopping the Western countries from being able to cause provocation between the factions as some of the factions will accuse a specific group because of its alleged affiliation to al Qaeda. The world has mobilised against us and that is the reason for the complexity of our cause, and there is problems and enmity between groups, and the enemy benefits from this from the beginning and so Al Qaeda does not reveal itself.

These matters are not my own conclusions, rather they have been mentioned by Al Qaeda leaders themselves and those close to them. For example:

Shaykh Ayman al Zawahiri said “the guidance from the general command was that we do not publicly announce the presence of Al Qaeda in Syria and this matter was agreed even with our brothers in Iraq and so we were surprised by the announcement which has provided the Syrian regime and the Americans a chance which they hoped for, then this will cause the normal people of Syria to ask: what is with this al Qaeda that they have brought disaster upon us? Is Bashar not enough? Do you want to bring the Americans upon us also?”[2]

Shaykh Abu Yahya al Libi said in his letter to Majeed al Majeed, the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades about the beginning of armed actions in Syria: “I have written about that to the brothers in the Islamic State more than a few times regarding some outlines and to summarise the points which were made: there is not to be any public appearance there under the name of any Jihadi group, especially those which are famous and well known“[3]

And the leadership of al Qaeda in the Islamic Magrib said in “The Azwad Document” after taking control of the northern part of Mali: “And the third benefit: lies in mitigating upon ourselves external and international pressure and it is extremely important that we look at our Islamic project in Azwad as one that begins small and in front of it there are many stages which it must pass through to be able to mature and become strong. And presently it is still in its early days crawling on its knees and it has not yet stood upon its feet. So is it wise to begin now by loading it down with weights which will totally transform it before it stands upon its feet, in fact this may lead to choking and preventing its breath. If we really want it to stand upon its feet in this world full of enemies and predators then we must make things easy on it and take its hand and help it to stand. So based upon this view we adopt the understanding of neutralizing opponents and avoiding provocation, hostility and the policy of agitating the enemies“[4]

So I think that adopting this policy was why the al Qaeda branch which was ruling took the name Ansar ad Deen instead of Al Qaeda so as to avoid provocation and antagonizing and irritating the enemies. And in fact the absence of the name al Qaeda allowed many preachers to issue statements in condemnation of the French invasion of Mali without the difficulty of this being used to link them to Al Qaeda. And so you are able to get people supporting al Qaeda without them knowing, or else they know and there is nothing to prevent them.

And in the first Abbottabad Papers, Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin advised Al Shabab al Mujahideen to conceal their connection to Al Qaeda and he stated the reason and said: “it will increase the vigilance of the opponents against you if the issue is public, as happened with the brothers in Iraq and Algeria. And the second matter: some of the Muslims in Somalia are suffering from extreme poverty and malnutrition as a result of the ongoing war in their country and so I would urge you to listen to one of my speeches in the gulf states on effective and important development projects which are not expensive and which we previously tested in Sudan. So if the Mujahideen do not appear publicly to be united with Al Qaeda then this will strengthen the position of businessmen who want to help their brothers in Somalia and bring success to these projects to relieve hardship from the dispersed Muslims in Somalia and ensure the survival of the people amongst including the Mujahideen“[5]

As for the future of Al Qaeda and that which al Qaeda wants? Do they want to control and subject everyone to them? Or do they want to be part of any new Islamic government through mutual consent with other groups?

The foundational strategy of Al Qaeda is not to establish an Islamic state in the presence of a strong cohesive international system and in the first Abbottabad papers Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin spoke a lot about this strategy and here is some of his words: ” we must keep in mind at this time that organised work to establish a Muslim state begins by exhausting global disbelief as it has a strong hostility towards the establishment of any Islamic Emirate and what indicates the heightened hostility of the West to an Islamic emirate of any size is was the emirate of Shaykh al Khataabi which he established in Morocco before draining the crusaders to the point that they could not dominate the Muslim lands so the crusaders increased their power and surrounded the emirate in order to strike it. The head of global disbelief today has a large influence upon the countries of the region, it is their lifeblood and supporting base and has the power which enabled it to defeat Saddam and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, even though it was significantly weakened. Yet it still has the power to defeat the government of any true Islamic state in the region at this present time and so it is necessary to continue to drain and exhaust it, to the point where it is weak and is not able to defeat any state which is established. Then you must take into account the need to unite all the efforts and energies of the Muslims who refrained from jihad either with an excuse or without and then the establishing of a Muslim state is begun with the permission of Allah, and if needed the matter is delayed for a few years.”[6]

However despite that it does not oppose the establishment of an Islamic state by other groups before such a time, but its own outlook and strategy is one of not establishing an Islamic state before the weakening or fall of the international system. For example al Qaeda did not reject the state of the Taliban and did not say we are against it because of the presence of the international community. On the contrary it supported this Muslim country even though it opposed its strategy about the creation of states.

Returning to the future of al Qaeda, does it want a state which exploits any popular movement and will use that popular movement in its interests? The answer is no. Al Qaeda do not see this as a successful method for a number of reasons, such as:

1. Al Qaeda believe that any state which is established alone will not last long and will soon fall due to the enemies ability to defeat it – as we will mention soon – and this failure would lead to alienation the people and they would not help it again later. And this has been their outlook throughout the contemporary period. Abu Bashir al Wuhaishi sent a letter to Shaykh Usamah saying that the group in Yemen had the ability to enter Saana and take control of it and Shaykh Usamah replied to him ” regarding what you have said about now being the time to enter Saana; we would like to establish Islamic law in it if we were capable of maintaining that, however while the main enemy has been weakened economically and militarily both before 9/11 and after it, it still has the ability to destroy any state which is established and so we don’t want to put ourselves and our families in Yemen in that situation at this time, before first preparing the conditions. And if we did that then we would be like the one who built a house in front of the torrent and if the river flowed through it then it would knock it down and then if we again wanted to rebuild the house a second time we would have alienated the people and they would not help us again“[7].

2. They do not have the ability to manage everything on their own and based on that Shaykh Abu Yahya al Libi said to Abu Hamza al Muhajir “know my beloved brother that the success of establishing a state cannot be achieved by your efforts alone no matter what you think about your adequacy and efficiency. And the matter is more great and serious so that it needs more than your efforts alone and its fronts are numerous and varied so include your brothers – who you know- within it, and there is no other way to do so except by your serious efforts in that. So make them a cornerstone in your project and included within its directives“[8]

3. Your involvement of the other groups along with you in the management of the new state means the dispersion of the ranks of your enemy and so they will not be able to unite in the same way that they would be able to if you alone are in control.

4. Not to alienate other parties by excluding them as then they will turn on you or help the enemy. By allowing them to participate you then win them to your ranks. You will find that all of this is found in the speeches of the leaders of Al Qaeda, for example what was said by Shaykh Atiyatullah al Libi to Shaykh Abu Musab al Zarqawi:

Therefore, you, as a leader and a jihadist political organization who wants to destroy a power and a state and erect on its rubble an Islamic state, or at least form the building block on the right path towards that, need all of these people; and it is imperative for someone like this to get along with everyone in various degrees as well, for the brothers are of varying calibres, in my opinion. You also have the tribal leaders and the likes from the upper echelons of society, and they are of different levels as well, so the good among them who is close to us, we should consult them in some of our matters and give them value and give them some praise and involve them in some matters and vest them with some things because they love prestige. In this way we should try not to cause them to believe that we are going over their heads or infringing upon them in political and social leadership, or that we are overstepping them and not considering them and not giving them value and not taking them into account. Rather, we should make them feel that we want to work with them to establish the religion, liberate the country and the people, establish the Islamic state and the rule of the Shariah of the most merciful etc. and that, in our opinion, they have a large role to play, as we need every Muslim and every person to play a part in this. In the meantime, we should call them to commit to the Shariah and to all that is best and of merit, and we should advise them against what is wrong and from all bad deeds, and we should try to perfect them and encourage them. Whenever the people feel that we value them and appreciate their efforts and that we respect them and want the best for them and that we sympathize with them, this is what will draw their hearts to us.”[9]

And Shaykh Ayman al Zawahiri also said to Al Zarqawi: “The Americans will exit soon, God willing, and the establishment of a governing authority-as soon as the country is freed from the Americans-is not dependant on force alone. Indeed, it’s imperative that, in addition to force, there be an appeasement of Muslims and a sharing with them in governance and in the Shura council and in enjoining what is good and prohibiting what is evil. In my view-which I continue to reiterate is limited and has a distant perspective upon the events-this must be achieved through the people of the Shura and who possess authority to determine issues and make them binding, and who are endowed with the qualifications for carrying them out. They would be elected by the people of the country to represent them and overlook the work of the authorities in accordance with the rules of the glorious Sharia. And it doesn’t appear that the Mujahedeen, much less the al Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers (Iraq), will lay claim to governance without the Iraqi people. Not to mention that that would be in contravention of the Shura methodology. That is not practical in my opinion.”[10]

And from the practical examples of this on the ground is the participation of the civilians from the people of Hadramaut in the local council to administer their area when al Qaeda in Yemen had control of that city.

And the leader of Al Qaeda, Khalid Batarfi said in an interview with the editor and chief of the Mukalla daily, Sand Baysob, in January 2015 when he was asked does the council in Hadramaut follow you. He answered:

Your view about this people’s council is wrong. This council meets itself and it consists of scholars of the city and its surroundings and we do not get involved in the formation of this council nor in choosing its members. All the people know the members from whom the council is chosen and they are from the scholars of the city and its surroundings. It is not a front for us as you have stated in the question, rather it is a separate entity which contributes to the management of the city and we have agreed with them on three basic items to work for:

– That the reference is the Book and the Sunnah
– That the council is to administer the people 
– That the council does not have links to any party or with any internal or external agenda

And we were ready and still are ready to hand over all the city headquarters which the council needs for the administration of the city, however the council needed more time to arrange its paperwork and find enough strength to protect these facilities. So we began to surrender them gradually as requested and any delay was due to them and not to ourselves. We consider the involvement of the people of a land in the management of their land as a religious duty and it is included within the issue of consultation and so we will not dictate general matters of the nation and we will not give ourselves the right to determine such matters alone. “

And another example of that is the cooperation between Ansar ad Deen in Mali and the Azwad National liberation movement in their joint management to rule by the Shariah in the northern region of Mali and al Qaeda never considered ruling alone.[11]

And in summary: what is the situation or the future which al Qaeda want?

It is that there is an Islamic Caliphate established by election, consultation and the satisfaction of the people.

And it is not that al Qaeda imposes itself upon everyone else.

And the benefit for which al Qaeda works is not that of any group or a party, rather the benefit of the Islamic nation is placed before every other benefit, even if that is the benefit of the group itself. Based on that Shaykh Usama bin Ladin, May Allah have mercy upon him, said:

The benefit of the group comes before the benefit of the individual and the benefit of the state comes before the benefit of the group and the benefit of the nation comes before the benefit of the state.”[12]

And based upon that benefit or end, it is necessary to participate alongside others and allow the nation to choose its ruler, not to impose yourself, as Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin said:

And we Muslims believe that it is the right of the nation to choose its own leader and we believe in consultation.”[13]

And Dr Ayman al Zawahiri said:

And so we say clearly to our Muslim nation in general and our people in Syria specifically, that al Qaeda will never rob you of your right to choose the Muslim ruler whom you are pleased with, as established by the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of his prophet peace be upon him. And if Allah enables the ruling of Islam in Syria soon with his permission and if the Ummah chooses a ruler who establishes the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His prophet peace be upon him, then he is also our choice. Then after that we want all the Muslim Ummah to agree upon one Khalifah whom they are pleased with.”[14]

He also said:

We have stated time and time again that if the people of Syria set up an Islamic government and chose for themselves a leader, then their choice is our choice, because we, by the grace of Allah, do not seek power, rather we seek the rule of the Shariah and we don’t want to rule the Muslims but we want like the Muslims to be ruled by Islam. We have never stopped calling for the unity of the Mujahideen in Syria and their uniting upon the establishing of a guided Islamic Mujahid government which spreads justice and seeks consultation, which returns the rights and aids the weak and which upholds jihad and frees the lands, which strives to free Al Aqsa and revive the Khilafah upon the Prophetic methodology. And there will be no organizational affiliation in these great days – with the permission of Allah- which the Nation hopes for, the nation of which we are a part of, not guardians of.”[15]

Moreover, the outlook of al Qaeda is to appoint a ruler who is subject to a consultational council, i.e. not an absolute ruler.

And Shaykh Usama bin Ladin said about that:

The right in choosing a leader belongs to the Nation and it has a right to hold him to account if he deviates and the right to remove him if he does something which necessitates that.”[16]

And as for the future which al Qaeda hopes for itself: it is that it disappears and ceases to exist along with the rest of the Islamic group when an Islamic state is established.

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Footnotes:

[1] For example the two Kuwaiti Shaykhs who are both Mujahideen veterans issued a statement on the 14th of March 2016 seeking in it the breaking of ties between Jabhat al Nusra and Al Qaeda and they gave reasons saying: “The benefit of a merge between Jabhat al Nusra and other factions, many who are qualified to so so and have the right to. Also to transform the Jihad from the Jihad of a group to th Jihad of an Ummah and to create freedom of movement for Jihadi supporters as the name Al Qaeda as a bogeyman enables the hypocrites chase them and harass them”

[2] The seventh meeting with as Sahaab Foundation entitled: “Reality, between pain and hope” May 2014.

[3] Letter to Shaykh Majeed al Majeed P.4, 10th March 2012.

[4] General guidelines for the Islamic Jihadist project in Azwad. P.5, 20th July 2012

[5] The collected messages and directives of Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin, P.731, 6th August 2010

[6] The collected messages and directives of Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin, P.767

[7] The first Abbottabad documents, index number: SOCOM-2012-0000016

[8] Letter to Shaykh Abu Hamza al Muhajir P.3

[9] Complete works of Shaykh Atiyatullah al Libi P.1791

[10] Letter to Abu Musab al Zarqawi P.9

[11] For the full terms of the joint agreement refer to the official statement released by Al Qaeda in the Magrib entitled “A media message and invitation” Dated Wednesday 3rd Rajib 1436 / April 22nd 2015 by Al Andalus Foundation.

[12] The collected messages and directives of Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin, P.735

[13] The collected messages and directives of Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin, P.685

[14] “Belief cuts down arrogance” by As Sahab Foundation, August 2013

[15] “Go to Jihad in Syria” As Sahab Foundation, February 2016.

[16] The collected messages and directives of Shaykh Usamah bin Ladin, P.528

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Appendix: notes about the comments of Tore Hamming regarding the first answer:

The release “Remaining in Iraq and Sham” by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi had been previously published by the Islamic State independently, and it is capable of spreading its material quickly and directly. And this is different to the one who has committed himself to method of publishing specifically through Al Fajr Centre. So if this person wants to change his policy it will take him a long time to search for alternative means and he must increase his security before replacing the method of publication. Those who sympathised with the State within Al Fajr Centre took advantage of the fact that the centre was the only source for spreading the material of Al Qaeda to delay or even prevent the arrival of communications between the different branches of Al Qaeda concerning the matter of the Islamic State. And I will give some examples:

The brother Abu Umar al Najdi is a Mujahid from Yemen who wrote under the name “The loyal companion” on twitter and was recommended by the other Mujahideen from Yemen who were present on twitter, for example “Mohamed al Malaki” who is one of the Mujahideen who had previously been in Afghanistan and then went to Yemen. This person published a confidential letter which had been sent from a veteran leader of Al Qaeda who was present in Syria i.e. Muhsin Al Fadli, to the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He said in it:

[Attached with this letter is the letter of Shaykh Abu Khalid al Suri, may Allah accept him, which he sent to Dr. Ayman during the first day of the Fitna, also the statements and the claims of both Al Nusra and The State [IS] which I have previously sent to Dr. Ayman, may Allah protect him, and the audio message of Al Jawlani clarifying the causes of the problem and also the audio witness testimony of (…..) and Abu Azeez al Qatari. And for your information I have sent it to you again despite having sent it before through (…..) who is the representative of the leader of Al Fajr Centre – I sent it to you again to make sure that it would reach you].

Abu Umar al Najdi said, commenting in the margin of this letter about the text:

The attachments and testimonies which the writer of the letter sent at the beginning of the Fitna of the State by way of Al Fajr Centre, never arrived to Shaykh Abu Baseer [Wuhayshi] and only arrived with this letter. And he warned everyone to be careful in dealing with Al Fajr Centre and there are suspicious and frightening dealings which did not come from new members, rather from the senior members within the centre. And Allahs refuge is sought.

This explains why the branch in Yemen stopped publishing articles through al Fajr Centre and instead began publishing through their own representative “Abdullah Mujahid”

So, if the Islamic State had not been able to publish their material in any way other than through Al Fajr Centre and despite that the Centre did not publish their material, then at that time we would be able to have doubt and ask if it was true that those people were really sympathetic to the State?

Interestingly, my opinion matches his opinion regarding the reason why fighters went over into the ranks of the Islamic State. And look what this leader said to Abu Baseer:

[Now the third generation of the Mujahideen are influenced by the thinking of the State and this is due to a number of reasons, including the strength of the State media, another reason being the silence of the leaders of Al Qaeda and the absence of clarifying the methodological mistakes of the State, making the youth of the Nation go to them and here the Nation has lost out by the silence of the Jihadi movement about these errors.  And may Allah reward you with good for publishing the statement of Shaykh Harith al Nadhari as it clarified and made plain many rulings, however while we have now spoken of the reality, it has unfortunately come too late. And why did you not previously speak out and clarify the ruling about the fake Khilafah of Al Baghdadi. This is necessary for us to restore the confidence of the rational, confident and self-assured youth of the Ummah in Al Qaeda, so don’t postpose the speech beyond its time in order to take a neutral position as this policy is no longer going to work in the face of the behaviour and folly of the state].

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Analysis of the current situation in the global Jihad total war

Interview with Ahmed Al-Hamdan

by Tore Hamming

Part 1

(Analysis of the current situation in the global Jihad total war)

Translated by Al Muwahideen Media

Interviewer: Back in 2014, the Islamic State (IS) was winning territory while IS affiliated media and its official spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani were extremely active propagating its successes. In the meantime al-Qaida (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri remained quiet. Now, in mid-2016, it seems to be the opposite situation as IS is loosing territory, while al-Adnani is increasingly absent from the media scene. Zawahiri, on the other hand, has lately been very active with several speech series e.g. The Islamic Spring and Brief Messages to a Supported Ummah. What does this development tell you?

Ahmed Al Hamdan: This is due to several reasons. Firstly, during the period in which Adnani came out several times, there were several successes achieved by this group such as them conquering large areas of Iraq and Syria and the opening of branches outside the region of Iraq and Syria. Normally when commercial companies make any profit, they exploit these profits for strengthening their advertising and marketing. So the multiple appearances of Adnani during that period is a normal thing and in accordance with the circumstances which his group was going through at that time. However as for Zawahiri appearing only rarely, there are a number of reasons such as:

Firstly, Al Fajr centre (the media forum for the Mujahideen) which releases publications of all the branches of Al Qaeda contained within its ranks people who were sympathetic to the Islamic State. And these people would delay any verbal attack that would be launched from any branch of Al-Qaeda…!! And they would delay any correspondence relating to the same matter and would even send it to the leaders of ISIS and then the leaders of ISIS would make preemptive attacks in advance to absorb the effect of the publication of Al-Qaeda that was sent to Al Fajr Centre to be released. An example of this is the seventh interview by As-Sahab Foundation with Sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri which got published under the title “The reality between pain and hope”. They released the speech of Adnani “This was not our methodology and it will never be” before releasing the interview, and also the release of this seventh interview by As-Sahab Foundation with Dr. Zawahiri was delayed for around twelve days, even though the date of this interview by As-Sahab was before the speech of Adnani. But the speech of Adnani got released before it. So Al Fajr centre played the biggest role in transforming the sympathy of many in the Jihadi movement to make them support the Islamic State through this manipulation by them, in addition to Al Fajr center turning to be a defence for ISIS.

And when the well known Jihadi researcher, Abdullah bin Muhammad, wrote about the possibility of the ranks of ISIS being infiltrated as had happened in the Algerian Jihad, this centre took an unusual step of issuing an official statement… !!! They falsified this man and accused him of lying..!!!! And so the branches of Al Qaeda began to ignore this centre and they changed their means of publication by using their own two media delegates in the social media sites in a direct manner. For example the account ‘Abdullah al Mujahid’ belongs to Al Qaeda of Yemen, and ‘Abu Mus’ab Ash-Shanqiti’ belongs to Al Qaeda of Khurasan. And so they began to release all the publications directly without having the need for any intermediaries.

And what must be noted is that these are not exclusive information that are known only to those close to these sources, but they are known to anyone who used to follow the Jihadi forums. And the reality is just as a friend had said, that the Jihadi groups and their media establishments were like closed boxes which not even those close to them would know as to what they contained inside them. However the Fitna (tribulation) of ISIS caused every secret to become publicly known..! And I don’t say known only to the supporters of these groups but also to all the people. This relieved the intelligence and the security agencies a lot, and so they no longer have to tire themselves much like how it was in the past in order to know what is inside the house of their enemy..! Thus there occurred polarization between two competitors and each would speak publicly on secret issues causing the other party to be the accused one which would make them want to defend themselves. And so they too would speak publicly about secret issues..!!. Due to this rivalry a lot of secrets became publicly known. And all praise belongs to Allah in every case.

Secondly, another matter is that Al-Qaeda needed to get its internal ranks to be set in order after they got swept by a tide. Previously there had been elements within Al Qaeda who were sympathetic towards the Islamic State but now the matter has developed and these sympathizers began to pledge allegiance to the Islamic state…! And they began to promote it from inside the ranks of Al Qaeda. So it would not be wise at such a time to come out in public frequently and release statements while your internal ranks have become flimsy and shaky. The priority was to rectify the internal ranks and absorb this attack. And in fact because of the stupidity of ISIS in taking the initiative in attacking the leaders of Al Qaeda in their other branches and slandering them and spreading doubtful allegations which would reach to the point of Takfeer upon them, this contributed to the awareness of some of those who were deceived by ISIS previously and they said that yes it is true that we differ with Al Qaeda in some issues, but not to the extent of Takfeer.

Yet despite that, I used to think and still now think that the role of Al Qaeda’s media was negative to some extent because of them continuing to have hopes that ISIS would return back to the right path. Also from the mistakes committed by the media of Al Qaeda in general was to not confront in an official manner the charges made against them by ISIS. For example Abu Ubaida Al-Lubnani who was the former security official of Al-Qaeda before being expelled and giving the pledge of allegiance to ISIS, was one of the members of Al-Qaeda of Khurasan, and he had written his testimony in the official publication of ISIS known as ‘An-Naba’. And then his former friend known as Abu Kareemah wrote an article in refutation to his testimony, but this was done in his individual capacity through the website of “Justpaste”, and he made evident many of the lies and contradictions that were present in this testimony..!

However I ask, which would have a greater impact- when the group Al-Qaeda officially adopts this article and publishes it through a media wing, or when its author publishes it by himself on his own capacity? By this, you will cause people to ask as to what is the evidence that Abu Kareemah is actually a Mujahid from Khurasan?! And what is the evidence that he is the actual author of this article? There is no doubt that the people will take the official publication as being more credible. On the other hand we see that in every issue of Dabiq, ISIS would heap allegations against Al-Qaeda even to the point of saying that they are agents and disbelievers, while the official media of Al-Qaeda represented by their two magazines “Resurgence” and “Inspire” would completely avoid responding to these allegations and would be content with the writings of some of the leaders and soldiers who would publish them in an unofficial manner.

And if I was a simple Jihadi follower, I would interpret the lack of official response by Al-Qaeda as a weakness in their standpoint, and I would not interpret this as a desire to not escalate the matter so as to not cut off the road for ISIS to come back to the right path. Rather I would say “If the talk that is being spread regarding this matter is not correct then they would have responded to it at the earliest”. But this is a mistaken policy which contributed to increasing the number of ISIS followers from amongst the Jihadi supporters.

With regards to the frequent appearances of Dr. Ayman lately, I sat down with my companions and I said to them “Let us think in the way how the men of intelligence agencies think. Can it be reasonable that these speeches are recent ones? That is they are published just a few days after been recorded? Or are they all recorded before some weeks, if not months, and then published gradually? Obviously it is the second one that is correct. And it is never wise in terms of security for the one who is number one in the wanted list of the security agencies to publish his statement in close intervals as this strengthens the chances of getting hold of the link in the thread which will lead towards him. The security official of Al-Qaeda, Abdullah Adam [1] has said “Two people who keep moving will definitely meet each other at some point”.  But when you decrease the movement, then there is a greater level for your safety.

Footnotes:

[1] The series “Manufacturers of terrorism”, lesson three.

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Reply to the Khawarij and to their supporters regarding the death of Adnani and the Mubahala

Note: (What is in black font are the claims of the Khawarij and their supporters, and the reply is given in the red font)

The Khawarij says:- While Muslims around the world grieve over the death of another symbol of Jihad at the hands of the crusaders and their allies of hypocrisy and apostasy, other people of ignorance rejoice at this news.

Wallahi I didn’t think I’d have to write this in defense of the Sheikh, as it never crossed my mind that people who attach themselves to Islam would rejoice at the death of another Muslim by the hands of the Kuffar, but this is what the world has come to, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah.

The Muslims around the world will testify on the Day of Judgment that no one has harmed Jihad in our age today more than the Khawarij Adnani and his group of Takfeeri followers. The Muslim Ummah will also testify that he was a liar who lied in his claims and speeches and whose lies led thousands of innocent Muslims towards death and destruction which did not benefit of Islam at all, rather it benefitted none but the Kuffar and his own gang of thieves. Also the Muslims are today following the Sunnah of Khulafa ur Rashideen especially Ali (ra) who rejoiced and prostrated out of thankfulness to Allah when he saw the death of the Khawarij of his time. So indeed, the Muslim Ummah is today rejoicing at the death of this Khariji just like how their predecessors such as Ali rejoiced at the death of the Khariji. It is a big lie to claim that the Muslims around the world are grieving at his death, because how can they grieve when they are day and night asking Allah to destroy the Khawarij and put an end to their Fitna? So they are not grieving rather they are thanking Allah for having answered their supplications to destroy them.

Here is a short response to those ignorant retard idiots:

“If the criteria of truth is according to you is measured by this, then here is some information to ponder on:

First of all, it was Adnani who made the Mubahala and he himself made their death as the criteria of the truth. They were initially called to come to a Shareah court but they turned away and instead challenged Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami for a Mubahala. In fact Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami, when he responded to his Mubahala also pointed out this fact and said that the proper way to settle disputes is to come to a Sharia court and not through Mubahala. But Adnani in his ignorance did not find of any other means to respond the points made by Abu Abdullah Shaami against Adnani, and so Adnani himself challenged him for a Mubahala. So it was Adnani himself who decided that “the criteria of truth” as mentioned in the above statement will be based on a Mubahala. But Adnani in his ignorance did not realize that he was digging his own grave.

1 – The majority of the leaders of AQ in Yemen were killed – yet this is not a result of the Mubahalah. – AQ in Yemen had nothing to do with Mubahala with Adnani. So the death of those who are not involved in the Mubahala does not prove anything other than the ignorance of the one who makes this claim. The Mubahala was between Adnani and Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami who is still alive today, by the grace of Allah, after the Mubahala, which proves thatSheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami was truthful in his claims against Adnani in the Mubahala.

Secondly, in fact during those days, AQ of Yemen did not even consider Adnani and his group as Khawarij, rather they thought good about them and used to excuse them. And when several months later, the US decided to attack ISIS, AQ of Yemen issued a statement and stood in the defence of ISIS and refused to consider them as Khawarij…!!! Or maybe, according to the same logic, AQ leaders in Yemen got killed BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO CONSIDER THEM AS KHAWARIJ…!!

2 -Most of the AQ strongholds in Yemen have fallen – yet this is not a result of the Mubahalah.- This has been already replied to in the first point, Alhamdulillah. But just to note, what the Khawarij ISIS are losing today in Iraq and Syria is many many times more than a temporary loss due to a strategic retreat of the sincere Mujahideen of AQ in Yemen.

3- Tens of leaders of JN (now JFS) were killed along with its spokesman – and yet this is not a result of Mubahalah. – We repeat, the Mubahala was between Adnani and Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami who is still alive today,by the grace of Allah after the Mubahala, which proves thatSheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami was truthful in his claims against Adnani in the Mubahala. The death of those NOT involved in the Mubahala does not prove anything for the Khawarij. On the other hand, it actually proves that JN has been truthful and sincere Mujahideen all this time, because many of JN leaders were killed by the crusaders in their air strikes. Adnani in his statement “This was not our methodology nor will it ever be” accused AQ of having deviated and he said “AlQaida of Usama was not praised by the Kuffar whereas AQ of today is praised by the Kuffar”…!! So when the Kuffar kill the AQ leaders in JN, then this proves that Adnani was a liar, because why would the Kuffar kill the leaders of JN if they were pleased with them?! So the death of the leaders in JN only EXPOSED Adnani as a liar, nothing else…!!! Because the death of the leaders of JN proved that the Kuffars were not pleased with them nor praised them like how Adnani lied in his statements…!!

4- Zahran Alloush and his gang of criminals from Jaish Al Islam were killed – yet not a result of the Mubahalah. 5- Hassaan Abboud and his bunch of thugs from Ahraar AsSham were killed by an inside job – yet not a result of the Mubahalah. – Both the points namely 4 & 5 are the same, and the reply is the same for the two. First of all, we repeat, the Mubahala was between Adnani andSheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami who is still alive today, by the grace of Allah, after the Mubahala, which proves that Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami was truthful in his claims against Adnani in the Mubahala. The death of those NOT involved in the Mubahala does not prove anything for the Khawarij.

Secondly, the death of Zahran Alloush and Hassan Abboud and other Muslim leaders is actually a BIG SLAP on the face of Adnani. The reason for it is simple…!!! This is because ISIS under the influence of the Khariji Adnani have always referred to these Muslims as Sahawat. And the term Sahawat means those who are employed by the enemies of Islam to fight against Jihad. The Sahawat were initially created by the Americans to fight against the Mujahideen in Iraq. So the Sahawat are the agents of the Kuffar to fight against Jihad. But the death of Zahran Alloush, Hassan Abboud and others actually EXPOSED ADNANI AS A LIAR, because this proved that they were NOT Sahawat, and instead they got killed by the Kuffar for fighting in defence of the Muslims. Otherwise the Kuffar would not have killed these Muslims if they were Sahawat according to the lies of the Khawarij. On the other hand when ISIS rejoices at the death of these Muslims, then it is ISIS who are doing the work of Sahawat, as they have helped the Kuffar to delay the victory in Jihad.

6 – Zawahiri became a laughing stock and a mockery, and his lies and contradictions were exposed to the public (giving Bay’ah to a dead man) – yet this was not a result of the Mubahalah. – In fact Zawahiri (hafizahullah) proved himself as a scholar and as the follower of the Salaf, because the matter of hiding the death of the leader of the Muslims has been practiced by the Salaf themselves. So Zawahiri proved himself as the true follower of the Salaf by hiding the news of the death of the Muslims’ leader and he has succeeded in confusing the enemy and overcoming them. Otherwise were the Salaf and the Sahabah also liars when they hid the news of the death of their leaders without informing the Muslims?

Secondly giving Bay’ah to a dead man does not make one a liar, rather it shows that Zawahiri is following the practice of the Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who said “war is deception”. So if Zawahiri followed the Prophet’s advice then how can he be a liar? This means that according to the Khawarij, our Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was himself a liar for having permitted deception in war….!! We seek refuge in Allah against the blasphemy of ISIS, the Khawarij….!

7- Zawahiri gave allegiance to Akhtar who has strong ties with Iran – yet not a result of the Mubahlah. – These are pure lies and this statement actually proved the truth of Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami in the Mubahala in which they confirmed that ISIS would make accusations without proof, and they would also make Tafkeer on the Muslims and kill them without proofs, and they only follow assumptions and suspicions. So yes, this point actually is a result of the Mubahala which PROVED that ISIS only makes accusations based on assumptions without having proofs which is exactly what was mentioned in the Mubahala….!! All praise belongs to Allah who exposed every lie made by Adnani in the Mubahala and also exposed and showed to the world that ISIS accuse others based on assumptions and suspicions.

8 – Akhtar was killed not long after and Zawahiri gave allegiance to his successor – still not a result of the Mubahalah. – This statement actually refutes the previous statement. How can you say that Akhtar is an agent or has strong ties with the enemies and then say that Akhtar got killed by the enemies? Both are contradictory. If Akhtar Mansoor got killed by the Kuffar enemies, then it means that he was NOT working for them. So this proves that ISIS are idiots as they contradict themselves…!! They accuse Akhtar of working for the enemies and then at the same time, they accuse of him for getting killed by the enemies..!! On the other hand, his death proves that he was never allied to them nor worked on their behalf.

9 – JN split from AQ and broke all ties with them, ceasing to exist and continuing their series of treachery and breaking of pledges – yet not a result of the Mubahlah. – JN proved that they are always truthful in their pledges when they split from AQ. Because JN only split from AQ after consulting with AQ and taking their permission. This proves that if JN wants to split from their leader, then they always take their permission. So this exposes the lies of Adnani and Baghdadi who said the JN broke their Bay’ah and they betrayed them, because JN has proved that they don’t break their Bay’ah or dissolve it without the permission of the leader. On the other hand, Baghdadi broke his Bay’ah to Zawahiri, betrayed him, and spoke several lies to the Ummah.

So yes, the Mubahala has proved how truthful JN are in their pledges and how well mannered they are towards their leader and that they only take any action after having consulting their leader and after having received permission and guidelines from their leadership. On the other hand the Mubahalah also exposed Baghdadi and Adnani as liars who never keep their promises nor fulfill their pledges.

10 – Most of the brigades began fighting under the banner raised by America and its aerial cover which kills hundreds of Muslims daily – not a result of the Mubahalah. – This is the dumbest statement ever made! What has the brigades fighting under America got to do with the Mubahala? It is clear the writer has nothing to respond and that is why he is resorting to dumb statements.

We repeat, the Mubahala was between Adnani and Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami who is still alive today, by the grace of Allah, after the Mubahala, which proves that Abu Abdullah Shaami was truthful in his claims against Adnani in the Mubahala. Other brigades has got nothing to do with it.

11- Ahraar AsSham began attending the conferences organized by the West and the hypocrites from the Arabs, and seeking aid from the crusaders – yet not a result of the Mubahalah.– The reply to this dumb statement is the same as the previous one. They have no link to the Mubahala at all.

12- JN (now JFS) is steps away from fighting under a united front, including factions that directly receive orders from America – and this is still not a result of the Mubahlah. – Can’t you see oh you blind ignorant Khawarij, that if JN is “steps away” from joining with those who receive orders from America, then this is one of the best proofs that JN has NOT allied with the Taghut until now while on the other hand the Khawarij have always falsely claimed that JN has allied with the Taghut? This once again proves that Adnani was lying in his Mubahala when he accused AQ of having “deviated” and how they have “joined” with the sahawat and the Taghut…!! But now the writer here is proving that Adnani is a liar, because the writer himself admits that JN until now did not ally with the Taghut…!! Truth from their own mouths…!!

13- The groups in Hims, Dar’aa, and Damascus surrendered to the regime, handed territory over to them and retreated in the buses provided by the regime – still not a result of the Mubahalah. – What has the groups in Hims, Dar’aa and Damascus to do with Mubahala? We repeat, the Mubahala was between Adnani and Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami who is still alive today, by the grace of Allah, after the Mubahala, which proves that Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami was truthful in his claims against Adnani in the Mubahala. Other brigades have got nothing to do with it.

Also, whatever losses have been suffered by the Mujahideen in Shaam are all due to the betrayal of the Khawarij ISIS and because the Khawarij ISIS supported the Kuffar in laying siege and attacking the Muslims. So it is the betrayal of the Khawarij that has brought losses and not the Mubahala…!!

That is why we are in urgent need of killing the Khawarij like the killing of A’ad.

14- The heads of arrogance and deviance in London and Canada continued barking under the throne of Elizabeth, instead of defending the honour and dignity of Muslims – and this is all yet not a result of the Mubahalah. – No one has exposed the Khawarij and their lies more than the great scholars in London and Canada who spent their entire lives defending the Muslims and the Mujahideen. The Khawarij could not reply to them even though Sheikh Dr. Hani Sibai publicly challenged them for a debate repeatedly…!! They could not face him in a debate. So what honour and dignity are the Khawarij talking about when they are running away like cowards from debating Sheikh Hani Sibai instead of facing him in the debate?

So it is the Khawarij who are barking lies on the internet and barking Takfeer without proofs and without facing these scholars for a debate…!!

This is just a few points of what happened after the Mubahalah, so don’t do our head in with your barking and hee-haw-ing every time a leader is martyred.

The Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said as per the Hadith, that the Khawarij are the dogs of hell. So the Khawarij bark like dogs, live like dogs and die like dogs. So when Adnani the Khariji died, then he has no honour and dignity because he lived like a dog and died like a dog. And when a Khariji dies like a dog then there is nothing to feel honoured about…!!

We must also mention here that the Khawarij of ISIS have been trying very hard to portray Adnani as a martyr who got killed in the crusader air strike. But what they are concealing is that the matter of the drone strike has not yet been verified and is only based on unconfirmed news reports. We find at one time America claiming to have carried out this attack, and on the other hand Russia also claimed the strike. So this shows that the reports are contradictory. But what the followers of the Khawarij ISIS would not like to mention is that there are several reports that have come out which mention that Adnani was killed BY HIS OWN GROUP in an inside attack. In other words, he did not die at the hands of the crusaders, but got killed by his own people…! And this is often the way in which traitors and criminals get killed. They get killed by their own people…!

Point to be noted:

Adnani has made two different statements on two occasions. One was in the Mubahala with Sheikh Abu Abdullah Shaami under the title “Then let us invoke the curse of Allah upon the liars”, and the other one was in another speech of his entitled “This was not our methodology and it will never be”.

As for the statement he made in the Mubahala, it was “O Allah whoever from among us is lying then send down your curse upon him”. In other words, he DID NOT ask Allah to kill the liar amongst them. He only asked Allah to send down His curse in the Mubahala. And this does not necessarily mean death or killing…! And this has been mentioned and confirmed by their own speaker Turki Bin’ali in his recent speech of his regarding the Mubahala in which he defended Adnani and said that Adnani only asked Allah to curse the liar in the Mubahala and that he did not say to kill them but only curse them…!! And Turki Bin’ali also said that this curse does not mean killing but it means destruction of wealth and family, or an unpleasant outcome.

But on the other hand, in the statement he made under the title “This was not our methodology and it will never be” Adnani said, “O Allah if this State is a State of the Khawārij then break its back, kill its leaders, bring down its banner….”.. In other words, he asked Allah to kill the leaders of his group if they are Khawarij in this second speech of his, but he did not say these words in the Mubahala.

So there is a difference between the statement made by Adnani in the Mubahala which was to send down curses, and between the other speech of his in which he asked Allah to kill them if they are Khawarij.

This means that there is a difference between Adnani getting killed and between his opponents from JN or any other group getting killed. This is because when Adnani said “O Allah if this State is a State of the Khawārij then break its back, kill its leaders, bring down its banner”, then he did not say this in the Mubahala…!! He also he did not say in the Mubahala that “O Allah, whichever group amongst us is lying and speaking falsehood, then kill its leaders..”, rather he ONLY said to kill the leaders of HIS OWN GROUP if they are Khawarij and lying. In other words, HE DID NOT ask Allah to kill the leaders of the other group if they are lying…!!!

So this means that if the leaders of ISIS gets killed, then they are Khawarij and liars according to the statement of Adnani. But on the other hand, if the leaders of JN or any other group get killed, then it does not mean that they have lied because Adnani did not make their death a criteria for his opponents to decide if they are lying or not…!! He only made death and killing to be a criteria FOR HIS OWN GROUP ONLY. and not for his opponents..!!!

Conclusion:

Adnani said in his speech “This was not our methodology and it will never be” that “O Allah if this State is a State of the Khawārij then break its back, kill its leaders, bring down its banner….”.

This statement of Adnani is similar to the statement made by the Mushrikeen of Quraish under the leadership of Abu Jahl during the time of the Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Allah says about this in Surah Anfal, verse 32, “And (remember) when they (the Mushrikeen) said: “O Allah! If this (the Qur’an) is indeed the truth (revealed) from You, then rain down stones on us from the sky or bring on us a painful torment.” So Allah responded to this and He punished them and thus Allah responded to the Mushrikeen when they asked Allah to bring down His punishment upon them.

Similarly, in the same way just like the Mushrikeen, Adnani said “O Allah if this State is a State of the Khawārij then break its back, kill its leaders, bring down its banner, guide its soldiers. O Allah if is an Islamic State, ruling by Your Book and the Sunnah of Your Prophet, fighting Your enemies, then keep it firm, honour it and grant it victory, and establish it upon the earth, and make it as the Khilāfah upon the Way of Prophethood. So say Āmīn O Muslims.”

We can today see the following. Adnani said that if they are Khawarij –

1-  “Then break its back”We can see that ISIS is continuously losing territories. This is to such an extent that Adnani in his last speech even prepared his soldiers to retreat towards the desert due to loss of all their lands, and he encouraged them to not lose hope, and instead be always determined to fight. So this speech in fact shows that they have witnessed and seen their huge losses which are continuously increasing day by day. Nothing can better explain how back of the ISIS has been broken.

2- Kill its leaders– All of its leaders except for a couple of them alongwith Baghdadi have been killed. And by this statement, Adnani has dug his own grave. He proved himself to be from the Khawarij.

3- “Bring down its banner – The members of the Khawarij ISIS are divided amongst themselves and they are even making Takfeer on each other. This proves that they do not have a clear Manhaj nor a clear banner. So yes, Adnani’s dua has been responded to. Their banner has been brought down and they are divided amongst themselves…!!

Adnani continued and said that if they are an Islamic State, ruling by the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet and fighting the enemies of Islam –

1- “Then keep it firm” – When the soldiers of ISIS ran away from facing the women female soldiers of PKK, then they are not firm at all…!! They ran way from facing women…!! And they have abandoned and retreated from the battlefield. And the most recent example is their retreat in Jarablous when they retreated without any fight at all, and they ran away even before their enemies reached them…!! This shows that they are not firm on the ground…!

2- “Honour it” –  After the continuous loss of territories by ISIS in both Syria and Iraq, they have put themselves in such a humiliating position that the enemies are even attacking their homes and taking their women as booties and raping them…!! They cannot defend the honour of their women and families and they have no honour themselves…!!

3- “Grant it victory and establish it upon the earth” – ISIS has collapsed everywhere. They have been crushed in Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere, and their lies have been exposed and made crystal clear to all. So where is the victory after their lies got exposed, and where is the “establishment upon the earth” after they got crushed everywhere…?

4- “And make it as the Khilāfah upon the Way of Prophethood” – Alhamdulillah, it has become crystal clear that

    a) They are not a Khilafa since a Khilafa unites the Muslims and protects them whereas ISIS has split the ranks everywhere and cannot protect themselves, let alone the Muslim community.

    b) They are not a Khilafa upon the way of Prophethood because one of the first characteristics of the Prophet is that he was truthful in speech whereas ISIS has lied to such an extent that they are reminding us of Dajjal.

     c) They are not even a legitimate Islamic group at all, rather a group of power hungry thieves and leaders who only have an aim of gaining power and wealth by covering up themselves using the cloak of religion…!!

All the above were mentioned by Adnani in his supplication to Allah to make them the criteria for the people to judge whether they are Khawarij or not and whether they apply the law of the Quran and fight the enemies or not. So let those who are sincere upon the truth ponder and take heed…! Allah says,

Verily there is a lesson in this for everyone who has a (sound) heart and who listens with an attentive mind” (50:37)

By Al Muwahideen Media

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Ruling Regarding Women Travelling To The Land of Jihad

By Ahmed Al-Hamdan

Do you advise for women to travel to the lands of fighting, especially since there exists a Khilafah state towards which Hijrah is allowed even without a Mahram (any close relative who cannot be married to her)? And if a woman does reach there, then is it allowed for her to get married herself on her own? Or is it necessary that her father who is in her country should agree to whichever man who comes to her?

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Personally, from experience I do not advise women to go to the land of battle, especially those lands which are not stable and their control goes around between you and your enemy. And now all the battlefronts are following the tactic of ‘attack and retreat’, and there is no land of Jihad that is stable today (like how it was under the Taliban during the 1990’s) for us to consider it possible or permissible for the women and children to come to such stable lands.

And some of the scholars and leaders have seen and warned about its danger.

From amongst them is Aasim al Mu’ammar, an Arab leader who was present in Afghanistan after the American invasion, and who wrote an article entitled “The danger of women travelling for Jihad in our present time and stories from the ground”. He mentioned in it some tragic and painful scenes which happened to some of the families of the Muhajireen after the fall of the government of the Taliban, scenes which he had himself witnessed, and how some of the apostates distributed these women amongst themselves and so on, and other such stories, which if a person were to read them, he would cry in anguish and in pain.

Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi had mentioned in his letter ‘Advise to the brothers who are asking their wives and children to join them in Syria’, that “The ferocity of the battle in Syria has not yet begun”. He then said:

“If the brother who is asking his family and the women to join with him in the field of Jihad in Syria is unaware of these realities, then he is one of the most negligent of people about what is being plotted and planned against him. And such negligence is unbecoming to the Mujahideen. And if he is not negligent of it, and this is what I consider as being more likely and what I think the people of Jihad to be, then how can it be permissible for him to drag his family into such turmoil while our Syrian brothers are themselves fleeing with their women and daughters away from it. And those of them who would wish to wage Jihad would then return back after they have secured their families in a place far away from the battlefield. And they only do this because they are aware of the criminality of this regime and how great is its enmity towards the people of Islam and how they do not hesitate to rape their free women”. (Page 4)

And when Shaykh Eesa al Awshan (who is a judge of Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia) spoke in the magazine (Sawt al Jihad, issue no. 15, page 26) regarding the story of Khalid al-Sebeit, he said “Khalid went to Azerbaijan and then from there to Turkey where his wife was with the women of the Arab Mujahideen, who went out at the beginning of the war”.

So the Mujahideen did not keep their women with them in the land of battle, rather they moved them to a safe place which is away from the area of conflict and fighting due to the fear of the occurrence of the worst.

All what has been mentioned, warned the women from accompanying their husbands to the lands of Jihad!! So how about doing so without even a Mahram in the first place?!

Some of the Shaykhs of Jihad have exempted the one who is being pursued or is wanted by the security.

Secondly: Who is the Khalifah?

It is reported in the two Saheehs (Bukhari and Muslim) that “The Imaam (leader) is no more than a shield behind whom the enemies are fought and the people are protected”.

Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi says in Risaala Ath-Thalaatheeniya (page 148) that “What it means is that shelter is sought under the Imaam and under him there is safety and protection for the subjects as he is like a shield and armour for them”.

That is, the actual leader is the one who has the ability to protect the Muslims who are under him. But if we look at the case of al-Baghdadi, he cannot pray in a mosque publicly like how the previous Khalifas used to do, due to his fear of being targeted. So he is not able to protect himself, let alone protect the others.

So when Allah said: “O you who believe! When believing women come to you as emigrants, examine them, Allah knows best as to their Faith. And if you ascertain that they are believers, then do not send them back to the disbelievers”, (Surah Mujaadila) this was after the treaty of Hudaybiyah and after the pillars of the Prophetic authority had become stable in Medina.

Despite the fact that the Kuffar tried to kill the Prophet who was the leader, he did not hide but he kept mingling with the people and prayed with them and associated with them, and the location of the Prophet and the Khalifas after him were well known. And this is an evidence for having gained the actual stability, and not the false stability.

So we cannot compare this situation with the situation of Medina and apply the same evidences in a situation which is completely different.

Thirdly: If we assume that there is someone who did not pay attention to this and she went to the land of Jihad and it became a reality, and she wanted to marry, then the leader or the judge of the group will have the status of the Wali (her guardian) in this case.

Shaykh Abu Qatada said in his third meeting with Ghurfath Al Fajr al Islamiyyah “As for her staying there, if she married one of the youth of Islam who is a match for her, then it is allowed for her”. (Page 13)

That is, it is allowed for her to marry him without the permission of her real Wali through the judge or the leader of the group.

But there is one final point: Sometimes the women go to the land of Jihad, not for the sake of marrying, but for living under the authority of the Jihadi groups, while she does not want to marry. Then a young man comes and proposes for marriage to her, and the judge gets her married to him against her will or without her desiring it – is this permissible?

One of the Shaykhs, Dr. Aamir al-Busalamah wrote a treatise that he named as “The ruling on forcing women to marry” in which he made a comparative study on the four Islamic Mazhabs (Maliki, Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i) and their opinions regarding conducting the woman’s marriage against her will, and he then concluded with the opinion which is the most correct, and he said:

“And that which is apparent from the sayings of the scholars is that it is not allowed to conduct the marriage of a sane adult woman against her will, regardless of whether she is a virgin or not a virgin. Rather it is necessary to have her consent”.

Then he quoted the saying of Imaam ibn al Qayyim which states:

“And the ruling for this is that an adult woman is not to be forced for marriage, and she should not be married without her consent ….. And this is the statement which we believe in. And we do not believe in any other than this. And this is in accordance with the ruling of the Messenger of Allah, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and his commands and prohibitions, and the fundamentals of his Shariah, and the benefit of the Ummah” (Zaad al Ma’ad Fee Hadyi Khayr al Ibaad, 5/96)

Then he stated the evidences from the two Saheehs and the analogy and benefits and harms that support this saying of the impermissibility of marrying a woman against her will and that her consent is a condition for the marriage as Ibn Hazm has stated.

And this is what I have to say about this subject, may Allah reward you with good.

And our final supplications are that all praise belongs to Allah the Lord of all that exists.

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Adnani And The Issue of Retreating

By Ahmed Al-Hamdan

Adnani says “If we knew that any of the righteous predecessors surrendered a hand span of land to the Kuffar, using the claim of popular support or to save buildings from being destroyed or to prevent bloodshed, or any other alleged interest, we would have done the same as the Qaida of the fool of the so called Ummah had done….But we will fight to death…Either we will live by the might of our religion as noble masters, or we will die for it with honour”.

You would understand from this text that “retreat” is a word that ISIS does not have in their dictionary, even if the cities get bombed, and even if homes get demolished and crops get destroyed! Adnani has restricted the solution as being only one and that is “we will fight until death”! And Adnani was not content with making this as the only choice, but rather he is even blaming and criticizing the one who does not choose to do this!

But you will be surprised and your surprise will be even greater!

Because these are matters that ISIS themselves have done and are still acknowledging that they have been doing even until the past few days!

For example, in the year 2011, Al Furqan foundation arranged an interview with Abu Ubaydah Al Iraqi who is a member of the Shura (advisory board) in the Islamic State of Iraq, and he said in it:

“Since the conspiracy of the Sahawaat (Awakening council) and the choice made by the brothers to abandon holding on to the territories in the city centers, the field military action is continuously developing both in quantity and quality”. (Page 22)

Also, they confirmed this in the publication of An-Naba in its fifth issue, and they said that “At that time there was no capability to compel those who withheld from removing it, ie. the satellite, due to the crusader and Rafidhi attacks and because the Muslims retreated  from the cities under the pressure of this attack”. (Page 8)

So here they are admitting that they have abandoned (i.e retreated) and surrendered cities to the Kuffar!! And they did not fight until death!!

Your surprise will not cease at this point. Rather the statement itself contained within it a clear contradiction!!

Adnani says,

“Or do you, O America, consider defeat to be the loss of a city or the loss of land? Were we defeated when we lost the cities in Iraq and we were in the desert without any city or land? And would we be defeated and you be victorious if you were to take Mosul or Sirte or Raqqah or even take all the cities and we were to return to our initial condition?”

Here Adnani is speaking about losing the cities and retreating towards the deserts!!! Will a person who fights to death without retreating say such a statement?! That is, “I will retreat towards the deserts”?! Where was your statement which you made a short while ago in which you said that you will fight to death even if cities get destroyed in their entirety?!

Secondly, we are here putting forth another question– Is it true that there was no one from the Salaf (the predecessors) and the Sahaba who had retreated  from a region that they controlled for the sake of a specific benefit?!

The answer is – No. Rather, the Sahaba had retreated at the time of the conquests during the period of the second Khalifa Umar Ibn Al Khattab. The Sahaba who were present in the city of Homs had all unanimously agreed to retreat, and Umar himself approved of that!!

It has come in the book “Mukhtasar Tareekh Dimashq” of Ibn Asakir that when Ameerul Mumineen Umar Ibn Al Khattab was informed about the decision for retreating from Homs, he disliked that. But Sufyan Bin Awf who is the one who was sent by the military commander in Homs, Abu Ubaydah Bin Jarraah, told him “The one who is present sees things that are not seen by the one who is absent. The ruler of Rome had gathered such a huge army, like of which neither he nor anyone before him had gathered to confront anyone before us”. So Umar asked him if this has been the viewpoint of all of them, so he said “yes”. At that, Umar concluded his talk by saying “Allah willing, Allah will not unite all of them on a viewpoint unless if it is good for them”.

So the Sahaba retreated from the city of Homs without fighting, and they did not say like how Adnani said: “But this is an honorable, noble Quran, a pure Sunnah and upright methodology, a monotheistic religion that does not accept concession or alteration. We will fight to death, even if crops are destroyed, houses are demolished, honor is disgraced, and people are killed”.

So either he understands the Quran and the Sunnah more than the Sahaba and Umar, or that he has predecessors (Salaf) who are other than the Sahaba, which then would be another matter.

Thirdly, retreating is a matter that is realistic, rational and logical for groups that are irregular and which engage in unequal wars with regular armies! Abu Ubayda Adam [1] the security official of Al Qaida in a message entitled “The notion of expansion and extension in guerilla warfare” says the following – “Rather, a lot of times the enemy would purposely evacuate from certain regions in order to put you in the trap of being defensive which will lead you to being encircled and then exterminated. This is the policy of the regular armies in their way of dealing with guerilla fighters, and so it is necessary to be very much alert about it”. (Page 3)

So the enemy wants to make you present in a specific region and wants you to defend it until the last breath in order to exterminate you since he possesses superior military advantage in terms of numbers and advantage. So you must not give him this opportunity, and you have to retreat and wage a war like that of the flea against the dog.

I had sat with Turki Bin’ali after he returned from Yemen in the year 2012, and I asked him why the Mujahideen in Yemen retreated so quickly?! So he replied by a wise statement “Preserving the men is more important than preserving the land, because it is with the men that lands are retaken back”.

So would it be reasonable for the Jihadi groups to give their enemies a chance and enable them to crush and terminate them by remaining in cities and fighting until the last breath without retreating when it is necessary?!

No one would say this except one who is stupid.

Adnani then says, “However, our Quran requires us to fight the entire world, without exception”.

But in a previous speech of his entitled “May Allah be with you, O oppressed State”, he said,

“It is wisdom to neutralize the enemies and reduce the fronts, and it is stupidity to open several fronts and fight against all the people”.

So the matter which is obligatory according to the texts of the Quran was previously stupidity according to Adnani! Or it may be that ISIS found a new Quran which lead to changing the rule! From being stupidity to being obligatory!

And the last point in this matter is – Adnani tried to downplay the matter of retreat. But what would it mean when they retreat and go back to the deserts once again?!

It would mean that one can use as evidence the supplication of Adnani “Oh Allah, if this state is a Khawarij state, then break its back, and bring down its banner, and Oh Allah, if this is an Islamic state, then make it firm and strengthen it, and support it, and grant it authority on earth”, as an evidence to prove that they are Khawarij.

Because Adnani said that if I win and my power increases, then it means that I am a person having the correct beliefs, and he made defeat and retreat as a proof of them being the Khawarij.

Secondly, it means that ISIS was not a Khilafa upon the Prophetic path that is mentioned in the Hadith!!

This is for a very simple reason! And that is that the Khilafa according to the Hadith, will be established after the period of the oppressive regimes, [2] due to the statement of the Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, “Then there will be oppressive regimes and it will remain for as long as Allah wills, and then Allah will lift it when He wills to lift it, and then there will be Khilafa on the Prophetic path”.

So Allah will lift these regimes “AND THEN” He will establish the Khilafa.

But this “khilafa” has been set up while the oppressive regimes are still existing, and even the regimes that ISIS fought against have not been brought down, let alone the remaining other regimes that ISIS have not harmed at all.

And if these regimes have been able to put an end to ISIS and send them back to the deserts, and cause them to lose stability which is a condition for governance, this means that we are still in the period of the oppressive regimes.

And the announcement of the Khilafa upon the Prophetic path was all non-sense that they said just to apply the Hadith of the Prophet over themselves in order to attract and entice the gullible people.

So them returning to the deserts is not a small matter even if Adnani tries to make it look small because of the implications which will be applicable on them.

Footnotes:

[1] Abdullah Adam has a lengthy series of audio speeches named “Sann’aat Al Irhaab” (Producers of terrorism), and in its last part of the series, there is an explanation by Adam for the treatise on “Guerilla warfare” by the leader of AlQaida in Saudi Arabia, Abdul Azeez Al Muqrin, to which he refers to for a further reading. And this series when converted into a written text is of 600 pages, all of them being the narrations of the stories of the incidents that Al Adam had himself experienced in the security war against the enemies of AlQaida. Turki Bin’ali had informed me that Al Adam opposed the behavior of the Islamic State of Iraq even from its beginning days, and he used to criticize them a lot which made Bin’ali take a hard stance towards him and he even refused to invoke prayers of mercy upon him after his death!

[2] There is a prevailing belief amongst the Jihadi circles that the “oppressive regimes” are the regimes that rule the Muslim countries at present.

Translated by : Al Muwahideen Media

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